WVU’s Snyder shuts down Herd hitters
MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University’s Nick Snyder tossed a one-hitter Tuesday night against Marshall University in a 2-0 baseball victory at Monongalia County Ballpark.
Snyder (6-1) had a no-hitter going in the ninth inning that was broken up by Marshall center fielder Erik Rodriguez with a two-out, two-strike infield single. The only other Thundering Herd base runner was Geordon Blanton with a walk in the third inning. Snyder rang up 16 strikeouts.
“He felt what was happening,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said of Snyder’s outing in a www.wvusports.com release. “You could kind of tell that, when he got to about the seventh inning I think. He realized what was going on and took it upon himself and came out with his best stuff. That’s ridiculous stuff out there. He is throwing 92, 93 miles per hour. He is 6-foot-7, the hitters can’t see it. They feel like he is letting it go right on top of home plate.”
No. 17 West Virginia (27-15) scored runs in the third and fifth innings, both charged to Thundering Herd starting pitcher Nick Capuano (1-2) who went 4.2 innings, allowed five hits, walked five and struck out five.
Marshall relief pitchers Philip Hoffman, Garett Priestley, Bryan Callaly and Hunter Sexton combined to give up two hits and strike out four in the final 3.1 innings.
Center fielder Brandon White of the Mountaineers doubled in the third inning and scored on right fielder Darius Hill’s base hit. Hill smacked a double in the fifth inning and crossed the plate on a single by catcher Ivan Gonzalez.
Hill went 3-for-4 to lead the Mountaineers at the plate.
Marshall left fielder Tucker Linder was 0-for-3 and his on-base streak of 28 games ended.
A crowd of 2,310 spectators saw the Mountaineers sweep the season series. West Virginia also defeated Marshall, 15-3, on March 27 at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.
The Herd is at home Wednesday to play Morehead State at 3 p.m. at the Huntington YMCA Kennedy Center field.